animatingdemocracy

B-HIP Assignment V

Smith, M. (n.d.). Audience Engagement: Program Planning and Evaluation Using the Logic Model. Massachusetts Cultural Council. Retrieved June 27, 2015.

Developing a Logic Model (n.d.). AnimatingDemocracy.org. Retrieved June 26, 2015.

Articulate a Theory of Change (n.d.). AnimatingDemocracy.org. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 


Even though these three articles are brief, I took away many things from them. I feel that many of my fellow B-HIP interns have been thinking about theories of change for our sites, although I was not familiar with this terminology. From AnimatingDemocracy.org’s article “Articulate a Theory of Change”, I took away two main ideas: 1) A theory of change is a valuable starting place if you want to understand the relationship between the social problem you are addressing, the change you want to make, and the strategies you’re using to achieve the results you want, and 2) A logic model can refer to the same idea as a theory of change, but it can also specifically be a flow chart which diagrams the theory of change in a visual way. I think that a theory of change is especially useful because it can help arts organizations in evaluation, which is an issue that many organizations have. “Developing a Logic Model” supported this article by clearly depicting the visual arrangement of a logic model, while giving examples of the information to be included. It was helpful to me to see the comparison between the theory of change model versus the typical “do” loop.  I think Gallery 51 could utilize this model to evaluate the community’s satisfaction and connection with exhibitions.  
Smith’s article on Mass Cultural Council’s website was also very informative for me, particularly in giving me specific examples of companies and organizations in which a logic model was used successfully. I appreciated that they included an example of ArtsBoston’s completed logic model, in paragraph as well as flow-chart form.